Originally Posted by Tadaen Sylvermane
Server gives me a clean start. Isn't about saving space as much as I don't want the distros ideas of the right software. I want my own software choices. It's damn near impossible to chase it all down and eliminate the stuff in a preconfigured distro. Easier to start with blank canvas.
*EDIT* I would use the netinst but my internet connection isn't reliable enough for that to work.
I sometimes do Debian Netinstall with no net access, just have to bung the packages (which can be downloaded via HTTPS) onto a USB drive, bail on the install at the network part and then dpkg to install whatever is needed.
As for well-integrated stuff... it would be nice if all of it didn't just suck out loud. Everyone is trying to merge their own stupid design decisions into integrated projects, I'm glad Linus screams at them in CAPS